Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser work well together in the scenes of political drama, with a nod to how the Americans came to usurp French colonial power.
The story of the love triangle is less successful but Fowler is a role perfectly suited for Michael Caine.
Strange film. I feel like it didn't really know whether to be a romance, a war film, or a thriller, without really focusing on either one of those genres. Beautiful direction and good performances from Caine and Fraser.
A reasonably good performance from Michael Caine.
However, actor playing Pyle is very disappointing simpleton rather like the 43rd President.Looks and acts like someone better suited to day time television.
Book is brilliant, well I read it in my 20s and thought everything was brilliant then. Caine is great, Fraser holds his own. I wanted to like this more than I did. Still glad it was a story that was told on the big screen nonetheless.
3.5 stars. This is a good movie that features one of Michael Caine's finest performances. I have seen Michael Redgrave's brilliant work in the much inferior (apart from Robert Krasker's cinematography) 1958 version and cannot choose between the two.
There are good moments and the film is faithful to Greene's colonial despair (and any film which tries to look at the perils of interventionism in an intelligent way is to be applauded). Caine is miscast but Fraser impresses. As is often the case with this kind of film, the non-white perspective gets insufficient attention and Phuong's character remains too much of a cypher despite Hai Yen's sensitive portrayal.